Assignment: Analysis of a Pertinent Healthcare Issue

NSG 501 Discussion IX-A
August 11, 2022
Functional Health Patterns Community Assessment Guide
August 11, 2022

Assignment: Analysis of a Pertinent Healthcare Issue


Assignment: Analysis of a Pertinent Healthcare Issue
The Quadruple Aim provides broad categories of goals to pursue to maintain and improve healthcare. Within each goal are many issues that, if addressed successfully, may have a positive impact on outcomes. For example, healthcare leaders are being tasked to shift from an emphasis on disease management often provided in an acute care setting to health promotion and disease prevention delivered in primary care settings. Efforts in this area can have significant positive impacts by reducing the need for primary healthcare and by reducing the stress on the healthcare system.

Changes in the industry only serve to stress what has always been true; namely, that the healthcare field has always faced significant challenges, and that goals to improve healthcare will always involve multiple stakeholders. This should not seem surprising given the circumstances. Indeed, when a growing population needs care, there are factors involved such as the demands of providing that care and the rising costs associated with healthcare. Generally, it is not surprising that the field of healthcare is an industry facing multifaceted issues that evolve over time.

In this module’s Discussion, you reviewed some healthcare issues/stressors and selected one for further review. For this Assignment, you will consider in more detail the healthcare issue/stressor you selected. You will also review research that addresses the issue/stressor and write a white paper to your organization’s leadership that addresses the issue/stressor you selected.

To Prepare:

· Review the national healthcare issues/stressors presented in the Resources and reflect on the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected for study.

· Reflect on the feedback you received from your colleagues on your Discussion post for the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected.

· Identify and review two additional scholarly resources (not included in the Resources for this module) that focus on change strategies implemented by healthcare organizations to address your selected national healthcare issue/stressor.

The Assignment (3-4 Pages):

Analysis of a Pertinent Healthcare Issue

Develop a 3- to 4-page paper, written to your organization’s leadership team, addressing your selected national healthcare issue/stressor and how it is impacting your work setting. Be sure to address the following:

· Describe the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected and its impact on your organization. Use organizational data to quantify the impact (if necessary, seek assistance from leadership or appropriate stakeholders in your organization).

· Provide a brief summary of the two articles you reviewed from outside resources on the national healthcare issue/stressor. Explain how the healthcare issue/stressor is being addressed in other organizations.

· Summarize the strategies used to address the organizational impact of national healthcare issues/stressors presented in the scholarly resources you selected. Explain how they may impact your organization both positively and negatively. Be specific and provide examples.

Looking Ahead

The paper you develop in Module 1 will be revisited and revised in Module 2. Review the Assignment instructions for Module 2 to prepare for your revised paper.


1 Broome, M., & Marshall, E. S. (2021). Transformational leadership in nursing: From expert clinician to influential leader (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Springer.

· Chapter 2, “Transformational Leadership: Complexity, Change, and Strategic Planning” (pp. 34–62)

· Chapter 3, “Current Challenges in Complex Health Care Organizations and the Quadruple Aim” (pp. 66–97)

2 Growing Ranks of Advanced Practice Clinicians — Implications for the Physician Workforce – ProQuest

3 Moving Closer to the 2020 BSN-Prepared Workforce Goal (

4 Engaging Employees in Well-Being: Moving From the Triple Aim to the Quadruple Aim (

5 Nurse Practitioner-Physician Comanagement: A Theoretical Model to Alleviate…: EBSCOhost

6 Is health care payment reform impacting nurses’ work settings, roles, and education preparation? – ScienceDirect

7 How Evolving United States Payment Models Influence Primary Care and Its Impact on the Quadruple Aim | American Board of Family Medicine (

8 Workforce planning and development in times of delivery system transformation (

9 Removing restrictions on nurse practitioners’ scope of practice in New York State: Physicians’ and nurse practitioners’ perspectives (

10 Reconfiguring Health Workforce Policy So That Education, Training, And Actual Delivery Of Care Are Closely Connected – ProQuest


Healthcare Issue

The increased cost of the expenses in the hospitals is the most recognizable national health care issue. In most medical institutions, the services offered and the tools and equipment used are costly (McCray et al., 2018). In addition, the staff required to provide the health care service needs to be paid for their work done. Therefore, the cost of enhancing the healthcare services in all the institutions is the major issue. The impact of the increased cost to maintain a suitable health care setting is prolonged losses and lack of enough resources to sustain appropriate health care services. The high price led to high employees turnover due to the inability to pay them on time. In addition, the work setting has been experiencing a lack of suitable patient healthcare services due to a lack of enough drugs and equipment.

The health system work setting has been able to respond to the issue of increased cost in health care. The health care setting has reduced the number of staff to cater to the needs of the few employees available (Childers & Maggard-Gibbons 2018). In addition, networking with the external experts who have been doing well in the health care sector has helped share the costs of some items. For example, networking has allowed the purchase of medical equipment at a reduced price, enabling the purchase of any equipment for the patients to have appropriate services. In addition, the pre-planning strategy has helped the organization utilize the funds effectively and save the rest for emergencies and urgent needs. The system has helped in ensuring that that accumulated fund is maintained. In addition, the organization has confirmed that the balance in expenditure is enhanced for the top priority services to ensure that there are some sections of care that the patient can effectively cater. The organization has also confirmed that the institution does not have to offer free medal health care to patients; hence, it is the duty of the patients to pay for the medical expenses to share the cost of maintaining good healthcare services. The regular inspection of the record is done to ensure that there is no waste of resources or embezzlement of funds to create transparency in the organization.

The laying off employees is one of the strategies that had been implemented. The departments available in the institution have to be occupied by only two employees to pay them. In addition, the employee’s pay has been reduced by 4% to ensure that other expenses arere-met. The work setting has changed the supplier agents to deal with the new suppliers that offer affordable medical drugs and equipment. In addition, the health care setting has been able to change its financial management strategy. For example, the finance officer must ensure that 45% of the accumulated fund is taken to the risk management account to cater to urgent needs and emergencies.


Childers, C. P., & Maggard-Gibbons, M. (2018). Understanding costs of care in the operating room. JAMA Surgery, 153(4), e176233-e176233.

McCray, S., Maunder, K., Barsha, L., & Mackenzie‐Shalders, K. (2018). Room service in a public hospital improves nutritional intake and increases patient satisfaction while decreasing food waste and cost. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 31(6), 734-741.